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Minnesota needs to improve its poor recent record on youth employment

The participation rate for 16 to 19 year olds in Minnesota has fallen from 69.8% in 2000 to 52.3% in 2016, a fall of 17.5 percentage points. Improving this recent record on youth employment-which is a nationwide phenomenon-would have real benefits. It would help alleviate the 'labor shortage' and it would enable the workers of tomorrow begin acquiring the skills they need. ...

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New employment data shows that Minnesota has the second highest unemployment rate in the region

Today sees the release by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of its estimates of Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment. These can be a useful way to compare economic performance. Minnesota’s economy differs from those of neighbors such as Iowa and North Dakota, even Wisconsin. As a result, comparisons of state level data are of limited use. This variation, while still present, is a little less pronounced between urban areas. So what did the BLS data show?...

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The EPI does it again, distorting the records of Minnesota and Wisconsin on labor force participation

In its new report, the Economic Policy Institute claims that Minnesota's performance in labor force participation rates since Gov. Dayton took office vindicates Big Government policies. It can only say this by misrepresenting the facts which show that Wisconsin has done better on this measure under Gov. Walker. ...

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The Economic Policy Institute’s report distorts the records on unemployment of Governors Dayton and Walker

Wisconsin's Gov. Walker inherited an unemployment rate of 8.1% in January 2011, and our own Gov. Dayton inherited one of 7.1%. Since then, Wisconsin's unemployment rate has fallen by 5.2 percentage points and Minnesota's has fallen by 3.9. The reduction in the unemployment rate has been faster in Wisconsin under Gov. Walker than it has in Minnesota under Gov. Dayton. But a new report by the Economic Policy Institutes misrepresents these facts....

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